~Crafty Hearts, Warm Home and Little Toes~

~Crafty Hearts, Warm Home and Little Toes~

Thank you for visiting my blog, here you will find tons of before and afters and decorating tips all done with a small budget! I love being inspired, so I hope something on my site will inspire you. My husband and I have been working to transform our little house into a warm, comfortable, cozy and updated home. We are newly married 20 somethings enjoying life and livin it to it's fullest! Now we are on to lifes next adventure and having our first baby! Please follow us as we go through life transforming, creating and learning to be parents!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

In the Pit of my Stomach....

I have this awful, going to cry on a dime feeling. It has been there for the past two weeks. I have tried to push it to the side and pretend it wasn't there, pretend that the time wasn't passing and soon it would be the last day before school starts. But I cant pretend anymore, it's here. School starts on Monday, and even though I love the beginning of a new school year,refreshing my classroom,new school supplies and of course meeting all my new little chidlers!! I can't get this feeling to go away! I am dropping off my baby at Grandma's(daycare). I have to pack him up and say good bye, love you, be back soon. It is the most bitter sweet thing I have had to do in awhile. I know he is going to be great at Grandma's and I know it is good for him, I'm just selfish and I want to send all of that time with him! Everyone says it will get easier, I just wish I was at the easy part, this feels like a broken heart:(


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Paxon's nursery

I have had these pictures for such along time and I am now finally posting them. You can check out the before pictures HERE, we were going for a neutral yet still boyish room if that makes sense:)

Built in shelves my husband made

Our reading nook


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

9 hours!!

We hit a mile stone 2 nights ago....a full nights rest! I did'nt do anything different, but for some reason (and I'm not complaining) Paxon has slept for 9 hours straight for the past 2 nights! I called my mom to celebrate and she said "he must have doubled his birth weight" What? I guess this is an ol' wise tale, that once a baby has doubled his birth weight he will sleep through the night. Well, whatever it is, I like it and am thankful. Sometimes I feel like I don't have a brain anymore. I like to blame it on lack of sleep so hopefully with this new found rest, my brain will come back and find me. If not...I won't have an excuse anymore:)


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


A year ago yesterday we had found out were were pregnant and now we have this beautiful baby boy in our lives.  What was life even like before Paxon? It's hard to remember.

What a great past month! I can hardly believe that Pax is almost 4 months old.  How do I go from "oh my goodness, how am I going to give birth?" to "This is the best thing ever!" We have been keeping busy this summer, with really who knows what.  The days are turning like book pages and I just want to keep re-reading the first few pages.  I know everyone says it goes fast, but this is crazy!  Summer SLOW DOWN!

Dear Paxon,
Your personality is exploding! It is so fun to just hang out with you.  You are just such a happy baby.  We started swim lesson with Griffin this month.  You two look so cute in your swim trunks.  You are all about the back float, and when your not doing the back float you keep putting your head back to let us know that's what you want to be doing.  The other night we went to open swim and by the end you were a little fussy so we took you out of the water and before we could wrap the towel around you, you were sleeping.  It was so funny.  Daddy has been able to spend so much time with us, it is so nice all of the family time.  We went to a beach in Sycamore the other day, we had no idea it was even there.  We will be going back there lots more.  We had your dedication this month and you looked so handsome in your suit.  You did a really good job while we were up in front of the church, as soon as it was over you fell asleep on your Auntie Madie.  Speaking of Auntie Madie, she loves you so much.  We hang out with her atleast once a week and she loves spoiling you with cute outfits and lots of kisses.  You are rolling over like a little alligator, people are always saying how they cant believe you are so strong.  You love your jumper and could play in it for hours if we let you.  You are finally sleeping in your crib for naps, you seem to sleep best in your crib.  I am sure you will be sleeping in there at night soon enough.  Love you to pieces Bubby! Happy 3 months!

Hanging out with Griffin
Dalila loves her Paxon
Already acting like a Schrader
Loving the back float
 Sitting at the Beach
Lovin swimming with Mommy

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Growing Up Griffin: Our buddy Paxon...

Growing Up Griffin: Our buddy Paxon...: Paxon's dedication was today.  He looked SO handsome in his little suit and was so sweet (as usual)!  Griff LOVED the church service with al...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time Does Truly Fly By....

Dear Paxon,
I can't believe your Daddy and I just took your 2 month pictures! Time went by fast before, but now with you I find myself actually trying to hold onto the minutes.  You really are a sweet baby, you have this laid back personality that I am in love with.  You stretch all of the time and when you do you look like an old man, it melts my heart.  You cry when your hungry, need your diaper changed or want your passy and when you do cry you start with your bottom lip which again melts my heart!  You are now two months old.  You are working really hard to hold your head up.  While you do that you kick your legs, I know you are going to be rolling over before we know it.  You love when Daddy comes home and know his voice very well.  He likes to hold you like a football and walk around the house, it's very cute.  I love my boys and I am so happy to be your mom, you already have changed me for the better.   I love you with all my heart bubby!

Love, Mommy

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Welcome Paxon Ryan

He is finally here!! We welcomed Paxon Ryan on March 5th at 5:35pm and honestly we could not be more in love!

and like every mom says, it was an amazing experience!  I can't believe how much I love this little man.  Being 5 days late, I felt like he was never going to come.  Ryan and I were both off work and playing the waiting game, finally after having a nice dinner out with my parents on Saturday, I woke up having contractions but just waited them out, they continued the whole day but were totally barable.  My mom and dad came over and my mom told me I was in Labor, I was like "oh ok" .  I wanted to stay at home for as long as I could, so the rest of Sunday night and Monday morning were a little bit of a painful blur.  Ryan and I stayed up until 3 trying to count my contractions.  Finally I was having them about 4 minutes apart and I got nervous Paxon was going to come sooner than later.  I wanted to make sure I was at the hospital, so Ryan loaded the car and we were off.  With no one else being on the road it was sereal that we were on our way to finally meet our little man.  As soon as we got to the hospital the nurse checked me and said, "Your going to have a baby today!"  The next 5-6 hours I labored with out the epideral, but when I couldnt bare it anymore I called for the epideral, and I should have done it sooner! It was amazing! After about 20 hours of labor the doctor came in and said that the baby was facing the wrong way and we might have to do a c-section.  My whole mind set was, whatever we need to do to get Paxon out safely. But I was upset. The nurses had me do some yoga like exercises hoping that he would turn face down.  I broke down a little when my mom and aunt came in to see me.  While they were talking to me they were watching the monitor and I was saying how I was feeling so much pressure, they both smiled and said "he's coming Jaym, soon!"  As soon as they said that the nurses came in and asked how I was feeling, I said "Honestly, I feel like I'm going to poop!" my nurse said "Those are the magic words!" and after an hour of pushing Mr. Paxon was here!  Ryan was honestly the best support I could ever ask for.  Because I couldnt eat, he refused to eat, he was by my side the whole time making me and the nurses laugh and actually did the counting while I was pushing.  All our our family was there from 7 in the morning until Paxon finally came at 5:35pm. They made themselves at home in the waiting room with food and laughter.  There is nothing more special than having a baby.

Paxon's Proud Grandparents
Mema and Poppy

Little Man you are so sweet

Thursday, March 1, 2012


So I have had to wait for things in my life, I have had to be patient. Not that I am good at it by any means, but it's part of life. Not everything can happen exactly when you are ready for it or when you want it. But never in my life have I felt this kind of waiting. My phone is full of "baby yet?"texts from friends/family and all I can do is say "nope not yet" There is no final, for sure, he will be here on this date, and it is making me crazy! There is no more nesting to be done. Ryan in out cleaning my car right now because the house is spotless and he is less patient then me! I know the little man will come when he is ready, but what about me and his daddy being ready? The baby is already running the show!

Monday, February 20, 2012

and she was fine......

That's the comment I got from the doctor today when I voiced my concern that I am almost 39 weeks and my mom had 10 pound babies. She just smiled and said "and she was fine, and you will be too!" I smiled as my stomach sank. I like our doctor and I don't think she was trying to be mean at all, it just wasn't really what I wanted to hear. When we got in the car Ryan asked me if I was ok, and I was ok. I am totally fine, I feel good, I can't complain. So I thought for a second and then I came to the conclusion that no matter how big our little man is going to be I will get through it. I won't even know how big he is until after he's out and about anyway, so I really won't know the difference if he is 6 lbs or 10lbs. I ran my new insight past Ryan and he totally agreed and smiled at me. Yep, I'm going to be fine!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Final Countdown

Yesterday was Valentine's day, and I had just a small thought that maybe we would have ourselves a heartday baby, but no such luck. He is still cooking, which is fine. I want him to come out when he is ready. Although I am so ready physically, my mind still needs some time to wrap around the idea that I am going to be a mom in a matter of days. Yesterday was our last Valentine's day with it just being "us". It was such a wonderful day, we took the day off for a doctor's appointment, we went to breakfast at my favorite little cafe for the best biscuits and gravy and then set out for some baby boy shopping. After, we got a few of our finishing touches for the little man, we went and saw the VOW which I cried through:)  was one of the best love stories I have ever seen;) I am very emotional these days. After that, we went and got dinner "to go" from our favorite restaurant and set out for home. It was the perfect day, and made me just cherish my husband even more.

Any day now little man, your daddy and I are waiting...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kids Say the Cutest Things....

I figured I should write down some of the things my students have said though out my pregnancy. I know I will forget otherwise.....

From the mouth of a kindergartner ...as he touches my belly "Is there something in there?"

From my third graders....
"Mrs. S what did the baby have for lunch today?"

Me:"Class I have a surprise for you."
One of my students: "Your going to have your baby right now?!?"

"Mrs. S you better have two cookies, the baby wants one"

"You should name him library, because you like books"

and one of my favorites....
"You can still work when you are growing a baby?"

ahhh, gotta love them!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maternaty Photos......Check!

Honestly I wasn't going to do them, I was thinking how possibly could I take photos right now and feel good about them. But Ellie from Vitella Photography, who did our engagement and wedding photos talked me into it. I am so glad we decided to do them. I feel like it is a time that is easy to forget once the little man is here, and she captured our excitement perfect. Here are a few of my favorites....

Here is a link to Vitella Photography if you would like to see more of her amazing work!

36 Down 4 (HOPEFULLY) To Go!

Really four whole weeks? I just know I am going to be late too. It is kind of bitter sweet, I know that he will come when he is ready. Enough people have said that to me by now, but this whole can't tie my shoes or shave my legs thing is getting a little old. Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, yes but 10 months (because it really is 10) is just too long! My good friend had her baby on Saturday, she was about three weeks early. Everything is great and her baby boy is beautiful. Now she is at home loving him up, and I just can't wait to be there. My mom was late all three times, which gives me little to no hope that he will be here early. I was talking to my baby while driving to work today. Telling him, that I only want him to come out when he is ready, but if at anytime he feels ready he should come on out! Working is getting harder, I feel bad sitting more then my students are used to. I am usually on my feet all day and getting down to their level, it is just to hard right now. I know they all understand, and they are all so cute about the baby coming. Asking me questions, like "what did the baby have for lunch?" and "Mrs. Schrader, did you have your baby last night?" I am going to miss this class:) But the rate I am going I still have another month to enjoy them!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Year in Review

Starting a family has made me look at my blog in a different light. Honesty, when I started blogging it was to document our home and all the different adventures we were going through to make our house a home. Later I got caught up in how many followers I could get, which I am a little embarrassed to admit. Now I am looking at it as documentation for my family. Something to look back at and say "those were the good ol' days" Hopefully it just keeps getting better, but it is always fun to look back. So today I am reminiscing about 2011 and where we are in our lives...

This year was a year of some changes and celebrations.
By changes I mean the baby in my belly right now. Something that has definitely changed our whole home and life (already!) We got pregnant at the end of May which was a little sooner then we had planned, but God laughs at plans and he sure was chucking at us when we thought it wouldn't really happen for at least 3-4 months after we started trying. Which I am not complaining about at all. It just meant our one year mini vacation and our trip to Vegas were a little more low key then we originally planned:)
Celebrations were very plentiful. We had a very fun mini trip to see one of my good friends from college get married, we had a great time in Vegas for Ryan's brother's wedding and a great mini Trip to Galena for Ryan's best friend's wedding. I have to admit Ryan's best man's speech was the best I had ever heard (you know it's a good one when people are crying and laughting at the same time). We also celebrated Ryan's Master's graduation. He is now all set to be a principal and even got to try it out for 3 months when he filled in for a maternity leave. We celebrated our one year anniversary in Minneapolis with a wonderful dinner and night at a beautiful wedding. It couldn't have been more perfect. And of course we celebrated the day we found out about our little man!